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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer habits, the good and bad!

As I flossed my teeth this morning, I realized summer time can be a really good influence on our habits. I have plenty of time in my morning routine to take care of the things I should, like flossing! I've had time to exercise, do yoga and read before bed, without feeling like I have to hurry up and get to sleep. We bake, cook as a family, organize things around the house and do spontaneous outings for fun. The kids are all caught up on doctor's appointments, eyes, teeth, and the pediatrician, for well visits times four.  We've been able to make time for friends, family and plenty of time for the six of us to bond.  We don't have any plans for a vacation this year, but I do for see a roadtrip to check out colleges very soon.

On the other hand, I tend to sometimes hold onto a lot of guilt, (recovering Catholic school girl here!) over the stupidest things, like too much relaxing, too much sleeping, too much t.v., too much tech time, too much fighting. I feel terrible over how off schedule our sleeping and eating habits are: sleep till 10:00 or later, breakfast at 11:00 or 12:00, lunch at 3:30 or 4:00, dinner at 8:00. Last night at midnight, I was literally giving Lorelei a piano lesson!  I guess all that really matters, is that they are eating and sleeping!

We have had some really quality time together.

Park time...

Yummy homemade sushi dinner with friends!


Antique shopping...



Fourth of July fireworks...on Saturday July 1!  Helotes likes to get ahead of the game!


Night time sister swims...


A four hour wait was worth it!  She has her permit!


The real Fourth of July!  The kids biked to the pool and we watched more fireworks from the front porch.





Fun adventures with friends to The Historic Pearl!




Eye appointments mean new glasses!


Family game night in Old Town Helotes.


Sisters time...

Never too many visits to the pool with friends.


It's one of the few times all four kids agree on an activity.  That's why we love it so much.


Bailey had his Senior picture session this week...hence the forthcoming college campus visits!


The pediatrician was happy to see the Boyen Bunch.  All of them are doing well...Tall and skinny! Lorelei is the only one shorter than me!


We've got about a month left...and it always seems to fly by from this point.  I'm going to savor these summer habits, the good and the bad, for as long as I can.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Simply summer...

The days have slowed and are for certain longer. There are no real schedules to follow, no real structure to our days. We have slept, went swimming and had plenty of fun in the sun. The first few weeks are sometimes difficult to adjust to. The sense of togetherness is a bit more than our usual school schedule. Suddenly, we are together, all day, almost everyday in summer. Occasionally someone has a friend or two over, or goes somewhere with a friend. But for the most part...it's a whole lot of togetherness. This can sometimes cause some tension, or let's call it what is it, fighting! With two teenagers and two tweens, there's a whole lot of attitude going on around here! Seems like lately, someone is always fussing with someone. Then for fun...the four of them join forces and gang up on me! But...it usually all settles in around the 4th of July. We all figure out how to fill our days, how to get along, and how to appreciate downtime. Last week, we had a family adventure that went really well. Just a fun day trip to the Hill Country, but for the most part, it was a nearly perfect day, weather and all. As of now, there are no big trips planned for us this summer and that's OK. Hopefully there may be a camping trip and another day trip or two. I'm up for suggestions! I'm also up for keeping things, as simple as they have been in the last month.

Pooltime is our number one favorite summer activity...with and without friends!




My favorite activity has been catching up on all my magazines! I still love reading magazines more than anything else.


There's been time for outings...sometimes just us girls, sometimes just Jonas!




Lorelei participated in her very first camp...Twilight Girl Scout camp. Every night for a week, from 5-9 p.m. she headed off to camp. She loved it!


Jonas got some alone time thanks to camp!


There's been plenty of Starbuck's treat too, thank to all the Teacher Appreciation gift cards I received!


There's been a lot of this...probably too much! But much deserved down time.


Father's day was s great day for John and the kids. Unfortunately Bailey had to work. Lorelei made him a wonderful breakfast.



We headed to Boerne to enjoy some nice weather and feed the ducks, fish and turtles on Cibolo Creek.



After we went to my mom and dad's and had burgers to celebrate with family. Trooper, my sister's puppy joined us. He's one spoiled pup.


Of course, June means birthday month too. We have the three birthday's in one week...Brieley's on June 20th, Savannah's on the 21st and we end with my sister's on the 24th. We went to Grimaldi's and swimming with Brieley for her birthday, a tradition for the last several years.We haven't celebrated my sister's yet, since she headed to Ohio for her 30th class reunion.

Savannah celebrated a few times with a night at Fiesta Texas with friends, her actual birthday at our house, with her daddy's famous wings, dinner at Grimaldi's with friends and a sleepover after.

Savannah turned 15!!





In honor of both Father's day and Savannah's birthday we took a day trip to Marble Falls for lunch.
We ate at the Bluebonnet Cafe.



After we headed to Kingsland and an area called "The Slab". It's a low water crossing on the Llano River. It was a perfect day...beautiful blue Texas skies, the water was cool and the temperature wasn't scorchingly hot yet.





I read a great little article at the pool one day, from my Magnolia Journal. The article was called "Invincible Summer" by Shauna Niequist. She talks about the joys of slowing down in summer. She really nailed the idea of how summer makes you feel...happy and free. She says, "Summer is wide open, spontaneous, playful." I couldn't agree more. As a teacher, I think we feel even more invincible in summer than most. But regardless if you work in the summer, or are free to be, (like me!)... enjoy the simple pleasures summer has to offer. Happy summer friends!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Moving onward...

I realize it's only been a few days since my previous post, but today was so amazing! All the work and stress really paid off in a beautiful, exciting and really fun promotion program.  I was honored to be a teacher and parent today!

The day was definitely a roller coaster of emotions...mainly for this momma!

I can't believe this is the last car ride to school he'll take with me!


His sweet kinder teacher had these kids Kinder picture in the hallway.  This definitely got my tears flowing.  He's top row, right.


Ready to walk the halls, one last time!




The cafeteria looked wonderful thanks to our amazing parent volunteers.


Here they come...


 Jonas received quite a few awards...two medals for his Masters level STAAR scores.




A trophy for a perfect score...100% on the STAAR Reading test.



Finally, the Presidential Award, given for 4th and 5th grade straight A averages, one advanced score on 4th grade STAAR and both advanced scores on 5th grade STAAR.  Only 10 kids out of 100...3 of these kiddos were in my class, so I was a proud mom and teacher!


They sang the most beautiful song...it made me cry every time they rehearsed!  But I kept it together during the ceremony today.


He had a incredible year with these two, not only great teachers and colleagues,  but wonderful friends.


Partners in crime...




Your future is so bright Jonas!  We love you!